We must admit, visiting the Sunshine Gold coast for the first could be very overwhelming. Popular searches through the internet will surely give you hundreds of suggestions to experience from popular surf beaches, theme parks, natural parks, famous hiking sites and must visit restaurants or cafes. That’s why we want your first time in the Gold Coast be a little extra special by spilling “secrets” about this beloved destination in land down under. Dig sights frequented by Aussies in Goldy to truly make your visit unforgettable.
Evade the massive number of tourists by going to the Green Mountains at Lamington Park. For just a 3.5km scenic walk, a world heritage rainforest awaits you at the end. Picnic Rock as the name suggests is ideal for outdoor picnics. The journey in reaching the world heritage listed rainforest is not one without adventure. Even before reaching the tail end, you get a glimpse of Elabana Falls and the O’Reilly’s Rainforest retreat.
Commbabah Lakelands Conservation Area
Aside from the sea and sand attractions, Gold Coast is a hinterland home to a rich ecosystem. With an area covering 1200 hectares, this wetland is filled with Eucalyptus, saltmarsh and mangroves. Lake Coombabah is an estuarine ecosystem where visitors are treated to a rare view of migratory water birds. Lake Coombabah is accessible from Shelter Road and Rain Tree Glen.
Thread off the Gallery walk and see for yourself this hidden mountain charm. This 11-hectare sight is imbued with exotic species and natural rainforest—the place is perfect for outdoor picnic. But if you want to truly enjoy a downtime, head over to MT Brewery and Liquid Amber Bistro for some great lunch and chill beverages. Their selections cover cheese and freshly made beer.
A secret cove nestled around the Burleigh headland. This spot is known for its calming waters, ideal for some pool floaty or paddle boarding. And yeah, if you can’t help it, surfing is also another option to enjoy the waters.
Currumbin Valley Rock Pools
Feeling a little romantic, take your partner to this scenic spot. Your backdrop are slippery rocks and smooth crevasses that provides natural slides into fresh water. It may not be your typical Goldy beach or hinterland waterfall but the 50m upstream walk to a small waterfall is gem to behold. Drive down further and you’ll reach another creek that is also perfect form some leisurely lunch date.
Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
This 31-hectare site let tourists get a feel of plants and flowers by smelling or touching them at the Sensory Garden. Or if they are down for some walk, there is a pathway that starts from mangroves leading up the mountains is also a sure treat to see local species. If one feels less adventurous, he or she can smell the roses at the Rose Garden or marvel at the fluttering at the native Butterfly Garden. This is also a popular place among locales who walk their pets and dogs.